We asked Allie Fitzpatrick, Lead Instructor at Fashion Focus, a few insightful questions.
1. What are you most proud of?
I’m very proud of the woman I have become. When I was in high school, I was challenged with everything…from bullies, to rumors, to depression…YOU NAME IT. I came out on the other side of that with a greater sense of myself, perseverance, and open mindedness.
2. How has modeling professionally changed your perspective or confidence?
Modeling has changed my perspective and confidence for MANY reasons. One of the biggest things I’ve taken away from it is how much personality means in the industry. You can be the perfect size, with perfect skin and the perfect look but if you lack personality, you won’t get hired. Also at first when I began, I would get VERY down on myself if I got rejected from a job but as time has worn on, my skin has gotten thicker and I realize that every job calls for a certain look and sometimes it’s just not yours, and it shouldn’t ever take away from how you feel about yourself.
3. Who is your role model?
My role model is my beautiful momma. She has been my biggest support, my biggest fan, and my best friend since I was born. She is such a warrior in all that she does…but she does it with class and grace and warmth. She’s absolutely stunning on the inside and outside, and she is so genuinely kind to everyone she meets. She has truly taught me what it means to be a good person, and how to love big.
4. What personal challenges have you overcome?
I have dealt with anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder since I was a young girl, and it took me a long time to learn how to be in control of it. While it might rear it’s ugly head every now and again, I am a completely different person than I was just a short 5 years ago. I’m very proud of the woman I’ve become.
5. As a FF instructor, what are you thoughts on what today’s girls biggest struggles are?
Oh man. Where do I begin? I don’t envy being a young girl in today’s world. I do, however, want to take my own experiences and try to make things easier for them. Self image is huge and society has such a warped view on what we should all look like and it breaks my heart to see some of these young ladies who are so down on themselves. Also, there seems to be more drama nowadays, which I personally think stems from social media.
6. Advice that you would give your 16 year old self.
HANG ON. IT GETS BETTER.
7. How have you learned to cope with/deal with rejection in the modeling industry?
As I stated earlier, at first it’s a little devastating. You start to wonder what you did wrong. You start to question your own self worth. But then, you pick yourself up by the bootstraps and look at the facts. You’re not ALWAYS going to be everyone’s cup of tea. Sometimes a company/brand will have a specific idea in their head for their advertisement. Just because they want brown hair and I have blonde hair, does that make me a bad model? Does it make me any less beautiful or worthy? NO. Brush yourself off and carry on!
8. What’s in your bag?
My bag is where I keep EVERYTHING. Sometimes there’s a stray dog cookie for Liam, or a random piece of jewelry. BUT most of these are the items that stay in my bag 24/7.
My wallet that I’ve had since I worked at Nordstrom, where I met one of my very best friends Tori.
My keys, because I can’t go anywhere without those. And the really big leopard pompom makes it VERY easy to find in my bag. The rose gold square keychain also hanging off of it is a solar charger for my cell phone…just in case!
A hairbrush, gold hair clip, and styling spray…because I’m ALWAYS on the go! And for the girls that know me, I’m always fidgeting with my hair!
Gold earrings from Free People. See? A random piece of jewelry!
Lipglosses by Buxom. I have a lip gloss obsession!
LanoLips Banana Balm Lip Balm to keep my lips healthy and hydrated!
Tarte cheek stain and It Cosmetics SuperHero mascara…for touch ups at work.
My glasses from Warby Parker…I need to wear them more often but I always wear them while driving at night! I keep a spare peach colored pair in my car too.
Comptoir Sud Pacifique perfume in Vanille Extreme. I’ve loved the smell of vanilla for as long as I can remember and it’s still my go to fragrance.
Cocofloss Dental Floss in Strawberry. Because oral health is SO important! And strawberries are delicious.
Altoids. Fresh breath is key.
Target Brand migraine medicine. Enough said.
LaraBar in Cookie Dough. A healthy, yummy snack!
9. Define your personal style.
HAHA. I don’t mean to laugh, but it’s so eclectic that it’s hard to put a finger on. I would definitely say I’m a free spirit, and not afraid of embellishment. I love fringe, feathers, studs, and sparkle. At home, I can mainly be found in distressed jeans and a graphic tee. I like to treat life like a fashion show.
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